Margaret John, Doris on ‘Gavin & Stacey,’ Has Died

Margaret John on 'Gavin & Stacey'

Welsh actress Margaret John, who played the randy neighbor Doris on the sitcom Gavin & Stacey, has sadly passed away, BBC News reports. She was 84 years old. Doris, best known for her hilariously inappropriate comments and love of much younger men, was a G&S fan favorite.

Her co-stars have been offering their tributes to Ms. John on Twitter. James Corden (Smithy) wrote, “A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed.”

Mathew Horne (Gavin) added, “Really sad to hear Margaret John has passed away. She was such a good woman and so fun to work with.”

Rob Brydon (Bryn) said, “Just heard the terribly sad news that Margaret John has passed away. What a wonderful person she was, everyone on G&S adored her.”

Her career spanned nearly six decades. Notably, in a BBC News interview, she claimed that she holds the record for longest gap between appearances on the sci-fi series Doctor Who. In 1968, she popped up as Megan Jones alongside Patrick Troughton‘s Doctor in the episode “Fury from the Deep,” and she was next seen in 2006 as Granny Connolly in the David Tennant episode, “The Idiot’s Lantern.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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